Website Virginia Dept of Agri & Cons Services
Virginia Dept of Agri & Cons Services is inviting applications for Poultry Grader in Virginia. Don’t miss the application deadline.
Job: Poultry Grader
Company: Virginia Dept of Agri & Cons Services
Hourly Position/No Benefits
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a part-time (split) day/night shift Poultry Grader for Rockingham County and surrounding areas to perform technical grading and inspections on poultry/poultry products to determine appropriate USDA grades. Duties include monitoring commercial and government specifications to ensure plant compliance with formulation and processing standards as specified by various processing contracts; ensuring maintenance of sanitation standards; training and monitoring the work of authorized plant graders; and signing off on all documentation that pertains to grading and inspection functions. This position is restricted and paid for with non-general funds generated by assessing user fees for grading services requested by industry.
This position requires work in rotating shifts and locations, including Hardy County, WV (occasionally overnight). Day, evening, weekend and holiday work may be required depending on plant and staffing needs.
Knowledge of agricultural practices is beneficial particularly if related to the poultry industry; however if you have the ability to be trained on federal/state regulations and are able to meet the conditions of employment as noted below then this knowledge is not specifically necessary as training will be provided. Other qualifications include basic computer proficiency and excellent teamwork and customer service skills along with the ability to communicate effectively with others; read and apply USDA/State manuals; work with minimal supervision; and monitor plant personnel. Dependability and attention to details are also a must. H.S. Diploma/GED required.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Must have or be able to obtain USDA Poultry Grading License for grading poultry/poultry products as issued by the USDA after completing a minimum of 120 hours of supervised training. Must be able to meet the physical demands of the position which includes working in an environment that has rapid temperature changes, wet and slippery floors, high noise levels, and would require lifting up to 50 pounds on a regular basis. Must be available to temporarily work in different plants in emergency situations and meet the physical demands of the position. Must have (or be eligible for) and maintain a valid driver’s license and have a driving record that reflects a sense of responsibility for highway safety.
The final candidate must be eligible to meet the Federal Office of Field Operations Assignment Restrictions Directive (FSIS Directive 4735.9) regarding assignment restrictions and family or personal relationships as well as the one-year restriction for candidates who previously worked for a business under FSIS inspection.
Training/coursework in poultry science, agriculture or related field is preferred along with work experience related to USDA Poultry Grading Regulations & Standards. An equivalent combination of training & experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for this education and experience.
Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. This is an hourly position limited to 1500 hours per year and does not include state benefits.
Special Instructions to Applicants
To be considered for this position, you must complete a Commonwealth of Virginia application for employment (i.e. state application) through the on-line “Virginia Jobs” (RMS) employment site no later than the cut-off date stated in this announcement. VDACS is an equal opportunity employer & encourages candidates with disabilities to apply.
Please note that VDACS does not accept resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application; therefore, the application must be detailed and fully completed (including periods of unemployment if applicable).
Each application is reviewed for documentation that shows the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications stated in the job announcement. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide descriptive information.
Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may result in your non-selection.
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Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application and this position.
Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.